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Author Topic: "Renaissance Wax" and your inkjet prints.  (Read 11967 times)
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« on: August 01, 2013, 03:32:31 AM »

After reading reviews of "Renaissance Wax" on prints, I don't think they meant untreated inkjet prints.

The stuff soaks into the inkjet coating pretty well and can darken whites permanently.  It can be almost impossible to remove if you do an area larger than 2x2 inches as it dries that quick and hardens.  I tried several paper surfaces and just no luck.

What did make a difference was to coat them with McDonald's SureGuard Pro-Tecta-Cote lacquer and then follow it with the above wax.  The wax then was much easier to apply and easier to remove and buff out with a terrycloth towel.  It didn't have the issue of soaking into the print surface and discoloring it either.  I just used a cotton ball to apply the wax, then buffed it within 30 seconds with the terrycloth.  Works pretty well.

Fwiw, if you do not know how to work a spray can this guy is a riot!  Some of it is relevant even for inkjet prints.

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cR4ivpqTYhU
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_EuUcwhYeE

Never heard about "Chase the dry out."  However, my stuff today turned out pretty good following his advice.  The wax and buffing later helped the spray job too.

« Last Edit: August 01, 2013, 05:57:47 AM by Mack » Logged
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« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2013, 06:48:05 PM »

Several years ago, I read an article and then tried Renaissance Wax to try to overcome gloss differential on my Epson 2200 printer.  I noted the same issues with pure whites and also did not think it helped the gloss differential enough to compensate for the overall difficulty of applying it properly. I decided to just stick with matte/fine art papers on the 2200.  I still have a can of the wax - somewhere.

The 2200 finally died and I replaced it with an R3000 which does much better on gloss - without any surface additive - than the 2200 did.
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